Escala Humana, Livvera Bonarda 2018
Argentinian beaut this one! The red nectar that lies beneath is made from Bonarda, a staple Argentinian grape variety, and one we think is only just getting the attention it deserves. Sourced from a giddy 1000m in the shadow of Volcano Tupungato, this is an intensely aromatic red bursting with black fruits and earthy undertones.
Germán Masera is Matías Michelini’s right-hand man. They have been working together for several years, but in 2015 Germán decided to start a side venture where he could express his own style. He’s aiming to make honest wines that are representative of Gualtallary, at this high altitude the sunlight is strong, and the nights are cold giving an intensity of phenolics and tannin, while retaining the grapes’ natural acidity. He looks for lower alcohol and freshness, a world away from the big oaky styles that Argentina has become known for.
Producer: Tim Wildman
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Size: 75cl bottle